At least 10 suspected drug traffickers died in a shootout in the mountains of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, state prosecutors said.
The shootout happened Monday in Temosachi, a town located about 226 kilometers (140 miles) southwest of Chihuahua city, the state capital, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office said.
The gunfight started Sunday night and ended in the early morning hours of Monday, said the AG’s office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez.
Some of the “criminals managed to get away” by opening fire on a group of police officers who went to the town after receiving an anonymous tip, Gonzalez said.
Army troops were deployed in the town to “ensure the peace of the residents,” the AG’s office spokesman said.
The 10 bodies were taken to the morgue in Cuauhtemoc, a city about 540 kilometers (335 miles) from Temosachi, for identification, Gonzalez said.
Chihuahua has been one of the states most affected by drug-related violence, accounting for about 25 percent of the nearly 50,000 murders registered in Mexico since 2006.
Chihuahua is home to Ciudad Juarez, which gained the dubious distinction in recent years of being Mexico’s murder capital.
Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has been the scene in the past few years of a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels.